Spalding’s survival in Midlands East Two (North) has come down to just four games in as many weeks after a 28-7 defeat to West Bridgford.
But a l3-12 loss for Mansfield at home to Dronfield keeps Town out of the bottom two, although the Nottinghamshire side still have a game in hand at home to bottom side Bakewell Mannerians on Easter Saturday.
Wingers George Douglas and Harry Harrison combined to score the Elephants’ points midway through the first half, as Douglas sold a dummy to one of the opposition backs before passing to Harrison who returned the favour for Douglas to score.
Harrison kicked the conversion to level the match 7-7 after West Bridgeford grabbed the opening try after 15 minutes of Town pressure at the start of the game at Memorial Field.
But handling errors, misplaced passed, poor decisions to kick rather than run the ball and missed tackles all contributed to what, on paper at least, should have been and was Spalding’s 13th defeat of the season.
However, the fact that two of West Bridgford’s tries came in the last ten minutes of the game went a long way to confirming that the scoreline was harsh on Spalding.
After the game, skipper Sam Cooke said: “We had confidence in the first half because West Bridgford underestimated us.
“But we seem to have a second half curse and that’s where they became stronger.
“The will is there and the desire is there, but we let them back into the game when we took our feet off the gas.”